A vasectomy is designed to be permanent, so you can’t change your mind later. And like all medical procedures, vasectomies have some risks.

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Vasectomies are permanent.

Vasectomies are meant to be permanent. Even if you get your vasectomy reversed, your fertility may never come back. Vasectomy reversal surgery is complicated and expensive, and doesn’t always work. So you should only get a vasectomy if you’re totally certain you don’t want to get someone pregnant for the rest of your life. Read more about vasectomy reversal.

Vasectomies can have some risks.

Overall, vasectomies are very safe, and most people don’t have any problems. But all medical procedures have some possible risks. The most common risk with a vasectomy is infection, but those are usually minor and treatable with antibiotics. You may also have some pain, bleeding, bruising, or swelling after the procedure. Read more about vasectomy safety.

Vasectomies don’t prevent STDs.

A vasectomy won’t prevent the spread of sexually transmitted infections. Semen (cum) can still carry STDs, even if it doesn’t contain sperm.

The best way to protect yourself and your partner from STDs is to get tested regularly and use condoms.

Vasectomy

  • 99% effective

  • Costs up to $1,000, but can be $0

  • Surgical procedure

  • Do it once, lasts forever

A vasectomy won’t protect you from STDs. Use a condom to help stop STDs.
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